Preston 1-1 Villa; feels like and indeed is, 2 points dropped, although credit to them

I should have known better, shouldn’t I, than calling this one a certain win?
The Villa never fail to let us down, whenever we think it’s in the bag.

I commented early on that I thought us playing so wide all the time wasn’t working.
You can say that Bolasie and El Ghazi were just poor today or you can say Preston did very well in just controlling them. It doesn’t really matter, as either way, they were ineffective.
Couple that with Whelan and Hourihane both being pretty much invisible (the latter, again) and to me, it was obvious.

John McGinn is excepted from any criticism, to my mind, because although he was amongst the most sloppy of our side, so his workrate and desire to win the ball back continue to keep me astounded.

Whatever, I think my point is proven when you consider that we brought Bjarnason on for Whelan and he offered more in a couple of minutes, than Hourihane and Whelan had put together previously.

What concerns me slightly about that is that the coaches didn’t see it, or at least left it too late to change it.
In Smith’s defence, perhaps he just thought that one of the wingers would just produce something. Which is fair enough, given that they do have that ability.

You have to give massive credit to Preston though.
Given the injuries they have, they gave us a very good game and maybe deserved to even nick it, given that poor goalkeeping from Nyland (again!) nearly gave them an early goal headstart.

Whatever, this is massively disappointing when you consider that today was a good day to catch up on the top 6.
While it was a poor first half, it got better and better as the game went on.
Football is supposed to be about entertainment and I suppose we got it today, even if the result isn’t what we wanted.

As per usual, we move on.
QPR next.


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    Holte66 December 30, 2018 at 8:36 pm .

    Can we fan fund a taxi for him to Motherwell. Seems that it wasn’t just Bruce being the reason for him on loan. Did someone mention he is disruptive to team morale?

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    Holte66 December 30, 2018 at 8:46 pm .

    Just read that Chelsea have 40 players out on loan! If that’s true then surely things have to change. The top six will continue to consolidate their positions by loans and Sky money. It also says with Giroud leaving today’s game on crutches they might go back for Abraham. Personally I think they will want someone more premier league prolific, while Abraham is only proven in the championship.

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      Badger123 December 30, 2018 at 8:58 pm .

      Yep 40! players out on loan;

      That’s just an absolute joke and makes a mockery of the game, imo.

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        Bill Pearson December 30, 2018 at 10:15 pm .

        Ok Badger lets work it out, 40 players out on loan, club takes on player say 12 grand, they loan him out at half the wage , to train them cost twice as much whoes the winner?it’s a stupid way to run a academy in my mind. always said we are behind the times, Man utd do the same.

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          Badger123 December 30, 2018 at 10:47 pm .

          So you mean 40 players at £6k a week = £240k a week = about £11 mill a year?
          That’s peanuts to a club like Chelsea and it’ll be written off as costs on the books.
          Abraham alone will pull that that in and that’s just one player in 40.

          Plus they have nearly 4 teams (of the cream of kids) to choose from, if they fancy any of them.

          It’s brilliant, imo.

          But absolutely obscene when a lot of clubs haven’t even got 40 players.

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            Badger123 December 30, 2018 at 10:49 pm .

            Oh, that’s kids who will have played in the real game, not kids footy, too.

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    Badger123 December 30, 2018 at 8:51 pm .

    Just heard Elphick’s interview on the OS.
    Interestingly, he said he trained with Kalinic yesterday and today.
    He must have got back here first thing yesterday morning then?

    Talks about how Smith plays the game etc and all the usual good stuff, but I just get the distinct impression he thought he hated the way Bruce played and that he was an idiot.

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    Holte66 December 30, 2018 at 9:08 pm .

    Bruce loaning out Elphick was the major reason for him getting the boot. Everyone thought it was crazy at the time. Hopefully he can continue his good form from Hull.

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    Hitchens60 December 31, 2018 at 7:47 am .

    Nyland has ruptured his Achilles and is likely to be out for the rest of the season – even allowing for conspiracy theories that’s an extreme way to avoid being number 2!

    Will Smith recall Steer – can he recall him?

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    Holte66 December 31, 2018 at 12:12 pm .

    No point in bringing Steer back for one game, especially like nath said he is getting game time. Bunn should be able to cope with the pressure because he’s not a kid and already has experience. I think FA cup match this weekend will be an opportunity to rest players, particularly Chester who is reportedly carrying an injury. Changing topic slightly I was wondering if Grealish injury (supposedly a shin injury) could have be prevented by adult shin pads. He took a whack during Albion game but whether that was above those tiny shin pads he wears who knows!

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    nath December 31, 2018 at 5:23 pm .

    off to get smashed happy new year 2019 to all aston villa fans on AVN&V next year we are gonna steam roll back to the top

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      Hitchens60 December 31, 2018 at 5:33 pm .

      Happy New Year to one and all

      2019 – the year when the mighty Villa arise and conquer the world – well the Championship will do!

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